Monday, 9 September 2013

Publications, and a hint about a mountain...

I'll admit it: updating a blog during the course of a DIY book tour is turning out to be a hell of a lot more difficult than I imagined. At this very moment, I am snug as a bug on a bus, hurtling along the highway from Calgary to Edmonton. The sky is clear and blue and beautiful.

So much has happened in the last week. Beautiful Vancouver Island days, photo shoots by the sea, catching up with writer friends old and new. I ate at The Blue Fox CafĂ©. I traipsed around Victoria and visited old haunts. I went back to Thetis Lake. I helped to decorate for a certain two-year-old's  birthday party. I celebrated the 30th birthday of one of my dearest friends with another Blue Fox trip. I went to Pagliacci's, again. Food food food! And friends, and lovely times.

I'll write about everything in detail soon, but at the moment I just wanted to update and talk about two things in particular.

Thing One: I have two more essays out in the world right now. The first one, "Hunger" -- about my time as a support worker in Scotland -- is out in the newest issue of Open Minds Quarterly. I haven't seen my copy yet as of course I'm on the road, but I'm told it's on the newstands at Chapters, so feel free (seriously, please do) to go and snag yourself a copy.

The other essay, which I called "The Second Art Form", came out in The Rumpus last week, and you can read it here.

The Rumpus publication, in particular, was (and is) huge for me. I love The Rumpus -- I read them religiously, and I've been sending essays their way for the better part of the last year. God bless their long-suffering Essays Editor! Maybe she only said yes because I've been clogging her inbox with submissions, but heck. There you go, kids -- perseverance is key.

Thing Two: I climbed a mountain two days ago. See?
I'll write more about this in a bit (and include more details and pics about the rest of my time in Victoria, the Island, and beautiful Fernie BC!). But just thought I'd update you all now on where/how things have been going, especially while I have a few hours of uninterrupted time at my disposal!

Spoiler alert re: the mountain -- I did not quite finish. But I did get to see the top. And, more importantly, I did not get eaten by a bear. PHEW.

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